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A Sweet and Savory Recipe for Mitzvah Mania Success

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Brian Zaslow (left) and Keith Morgan are both donut and mitzvah-makers.

Cousins Brian Zaslow and Keith Morgan are self-­described “nice Jewish boys” from Philadelphia. They are also the owners and operators of “Dough Nuts for Doughnuts,” the company that is bring­ing the beleaguered Krispy Kreme donut chain back to Greater Philadelphia.

Morgan is the former CEO of AAMCO Transmissions, a firm co-founded by his father in 1963. Zaslow is the former vice president of marketing for Aramark. They are confident that their business acumen will serve them well as they move forward with their plans to open 21 stores in 14 counties stretching from South Jersey to northern Delaware during the next seven years.

To date, they have opened four stores in a single year — in Northeast Philadelphia, Bensalem, Center City and across the river in Collingswood, N.J.

The duo believe in giving back to the community and are excited to be involved as a sponsor of Federation’s Mitzvah ­Mania for the very first time. Said Zaslow, “We are very fa­miliar with the wonderful work that Federation supports in the Great­er Philadelphia area through this tremendous day of community service and wanted to be a part of the Nov. 11 event.”

Now through Nov. 8, individuals, schools, youth groups and other organizations can order a dozen or more Krispy Kreme donuts, all of which are certified kosher. Customers can pay for their purchases online on the company’s secure website and pick up their sweet treats between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the following sites:

Jewish Community Services Building, 2100 Arch St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103;

Kaiserman JCC, 45 Haverford Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096;

Klein JCC, 10100 Jamison Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19116.

Visit www.krispykreme­philly.com, scroll down to the Online Store and select Mitzvah Mania! Krispy Kreme will donate 50 percent of all online sales during this time period to Federation.

Morgan maintains that the donuts, in moderation, can fit into most healthy life­styles. The company’s signature glazed do­nut weighs in at just 190 calories, he said.

A Souper-Duper Mitzvah Mania Project

Soup is the perfect antidote to the cold, dark days of winter. Join the Mitzvah Mania Soup Squad and help realize our ambitious goal: preparing and freezing 5,000 pints of kosher soup for delivery to homebound seniors throughout the winter months.

Lisa Sandler, director of Com­munity Services for the Klein JCC, is calling upon all Cook for a Friend groups throughout the Greater Philadelphia area to pick up their pint containers at the Klein JCC immediately, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., fill them with soup, then transport them to Klein before Nov. 11 where they will be frozen for distribution throughout the winter months.

Many synagogues, schools and other Jewish communal organizations currently participate in the Cook for a Friend program, preparing meals for hundreds of frail older adults who are unable to cook for them­selves or shop in area supermarkets. The Klein JCC can help with food purchases and provides training and support to program participants.

For more information on starting a Cook for a Friend program at your organization, call Sue Aistrop at 267-345-7787 or email: saistrop@kleinjcc.org.

Sandler describes the Mitzvah Mania Soup Squad as “a won­derful opportunity to get together with friends and schmooze while preparing, packaging and labeling some delicious and nutritious soup for community older adults who need our support.”

The group that prepares the most pints of kosher soup will receive a $500 gift certificate from a local supermarket. So sign up your group today at: jewishphil­ly.org/mitzvahmania and get your soup pots simmering.

It’s a Mitzvah to Collect Sundries For Those in Need

Calling all Jewish day school and synagogue preschool students! Federation’s six Mitzvah Food Pantries are depending ­upon all tzedakah-minded children and teens to contribute to the collection of individually-wrapped rolls of toilet paper, tissues, toothpaste and other toiletries now under way.

These essential and expensive sundries are greatly appreciated by area older adults and families who rely on the pan­tries for their sustenance during these challenging economic times.

Simply drop off your contributions before or after classes before Nov. 2. The school that collects the most items will receive a special mystery prize.

If your school is not participating in the collection drive and you would like to contribute, call our Mitzvah Mania hotline at 215-832-0557.

For more information about these and other opportunities to transform communities and change lives on Sunday, Nov. 11, visit: jewishphilly.org/mitzvahmania.

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